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ARTINFO Premiere: Blues Control “Opium Den / Fade to Blue”

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By Craig Hubert | ARTINFO is excited to premiere “Opium Den/Fade to Blue,” the new video from psych duo Blues Control. Directed by video-artist Kathy Rose, the work “explores a mysterious environment when a figure opens a pandora’s box containing an unknown substance,” and the “visuals culminate into a swirling maelstrom, portraying an inner-sanctum; an interior environment of thought, of meditation, and of the soul.” The song is from the band’s Drag City debut album, “Valley Tangents,” which came out in June. “I was really sorry to finish the piece and see the music leave,” Rose said in a statement, “it and I got very close during this process.” Watch the spooky clip below, and be sure to check out Blues Control as they roll out on tour, starting in Brooklyn tomorrow night. Here’s the full list of dates:

Blues Control Tour Dates
Fri. Jan. 18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Cozy Royale w/ Sightings and 1-800-BAND
Sat. Jan. 26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ Home Blitz
Fri. Feb. 1 – State College, PA @ Schlow Centre Region Library
Sat. Feb. 2 – Ithaca, NY – House Show
Mon. Feb. 4 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar w/ Raw Thug
Wed. Feb. 6 – Oxford, MS @ Lamar Lounge
Thu. Feb. 7 – Shreveport, LA @ Fatty Arbuckles
Fri. Feb 8 – Houston, TX @ Mango’s
Sat. Feb. 9 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain
Mon. Feb. 11 – Marfa, TX @ Lost Horse Saloon
Tue. Feb. 12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Small Engine Gallery
Wed. Feb. 13 – Santa Fe, NM @ Radical Abacus
Thu. Feb. 14 – Tucson, AZ @ Topaz
Fri. Feb. 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom w/ OM, Sir Richard Bishop
Sat. Feb. 16 – San Diego, CA @ The Void
Tue. Feb. 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Human Resources w/ Lamps, Jaws, The Urxed
Thu. Feb. 21 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Biko House
Fri. Feb. 22 – Eagle Rock, CA @ Center for the Arts *
Sat. Feb. 23 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel *
Mon. Feb. 25 – Davis, CA @ Chillanova House
Tue. Feb. 26 – Arcata, CA @ MexNwoW w/ R. Stevie Moore
Thu. Feb. 28 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Fri. Mar. 1 – Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
Sat. Mar. 2 – Seattle, WA @ Comet Tavern
Sun. Mar. 3 – Olympia, WA @ Northern
Tue. Mar. 5 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux **
Wed. Mar. 6 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge **
Thu. Mar. 7 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive **
Fri. Mar. 8 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall **
Sat. Mar. 9 – St. Louis, MO @ 2720 Cherokee
Sun. Mar. 10 – Madison, WI @ Good Style Shop
Tue. Mar. 12 – Chicago, IL @ Permanent Records (instore)
Wed. Mar. 13 – Kalamazoo, MI @ The 411 Club
Thu. Mar. 14 – Toledo, OH @ Mickey Finn’s
Fri. Mar. 15 – Bloomington, IN @ The Ream
Sat. Mar. 16 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness w/ Tommy Jay
Sat. Apr. 27 – Detroit, MI @ Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography
Fri. Jun. 21-23 – Camber Sands, UK @ ATP curated by Deerhunter (Blues Control with Laraaji)

* w/ Rangda
** w/ Psychic Ills

Image: Blues Control/Kathy Rose/Drag City Records

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  1. […] As Blues Control, Russ Waterhouse and Lea Cho create a righteous blend of space rock, spiritual jazz and New Age music that sounds like little else. The Coopersburg, PA-based duo has been making albums since 2007 for top shelf labels like Siltbreeze, Not Not Fun, Woodsist and Holy Mountain. In 2011 they issued an absolute classic of contemporary cosmic music in collaboration with zither guru Laraaji, best known for his Brian Eno-produced album from 1980,Ambient 3: Day of Radiance. Artist Kathy Rose directed their latest video (see above) for “Opium Den/Fade to Blue.” [Video via artinfo] […]

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